According to Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, there will be dire consequences for the Republican Party should it fail to grant Donald Trump the presidential nomination.
Jeffress, who is often supportive of Trump, cited the fact that the GOP front-runner has been able to galvanize voters who would not traditionally be considered part of the “Republican system.” Furthermore, he said Trump has managed to motivate these individuals to leave the sidelines and take an active role in the process.
Should Trump not become the nominee, Jeffress said, those voters will not turn out on Election Day. “I think they’re going to sit out,” Jeffress said. “I think that’s a very real possibility.”
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“I’m going to predict that if the establishment somehow wrestles this nomination away from Trump — even though the rules allow for it — I think you’re going to see a massive boycott of Trump supporters in the general election. I’m not saying it should be that way, but I predict that’s what’s going to happen,” said Jeffress, appearing Monday on the Fox Business Network.
Jeffress has previously said in the past that while he does not endorse any candidate, he does not believe a Christian “has to sell his soul to the devil to vote for Donald Trump.”
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He has compared Trump to Ronald Reagan and cited the billionaire’s support among evangelicals as a reminder of Reagan’s 1980 presidential victory. “People are looking for leadership,” said Jeffress, adding that Christians “are willing to think outside of the box for the kind of candidate they want.”
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